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Heat Maps FAQ

1. How do I layer data on to heat maps?Click to expand How do I layer data on to heat maps? content

A heat map is often used as a basemap on which you can then plot other data. Imagine you run a chain of care homes across the US. A practical map you could create using eSpatial would show percentage levels of retirees per state. You can then plot your own business data on the map - for example, the number of care homes you operate per state. This will allow you to - in an instant - spot opportunities for expansion.

2. Heat map or color coded map?Click to expand Heat map or color coded map? content

It’s possible to create a color-coded map using the eSpatial heat map tool manually, assigning specific colors to each region that appears on the map. However, an easier method is to link data to boundaries. You can do this when uploading data to eSpatial using the built in wizard. What’s the difference between these types of map, you may wonder? A heat map is used for showing levels of similar data occurrence, while a color-coded map simply defines different variables in different regions (levels of occurrence are not expressed).

3. What type of heat map should I use?Click to expand What type of heat map should I use? content

The type of heat map you use depends on what you are hoping to show. If you are wanting to look at your market and account density then a visual heat map is best. To look at performance of your team or by region then a regional heat map is best!

4. Can I count the accounts within each of my sales reps territories?Click to expand Can I count the accounts within each of my sales reps territories? content

A quick and simple way to get a count of accounts that fall within your rep's territory is to create a regional heatmap. Once created not only can you get a visual interpretation of this, but the data can be exported from the table, so you can realign your territories.

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